Have you noticed that your printer ink cartridges must be changed more often these days? I remember a time when I could get a good month or two from a set of cartridges. Now I’m lucky to get 2 weeks before the low ink light flashes.
What a marriage of marketing and conspiracy. All these companies sell you the printer dirt cheap knowing at that point you’re hooked and forced into buying their ink cartridges over and over making you spend 500 times the original cost of the printer.
But here’s where I draw the line in this wallet-draining dance of the ink cartridge. The printer companies have conveniently tapped into the global warming hysteria. Out of the goodness of their hearts they allow us to recycle the cartridges which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy about saving the planet and being environmentally conscience. Well that’s crap!
In reality all that is happening is that the consumer returns a perfectly good ink cartridge which is refilled then sold at full price leaving the company with less production cost and greater profits. Shouldn’t recycling make the price drop? Well no… the cartridge prices have remained constant or have increased. What evil is this?
If these companies are truly concerned about recycling they should offer refillable ink cartridges with the option to buy easy do-it-yourself refill kits rather than having you pay full price for the same ink cartridge that you turned in a month earlier.
Yes, it is true that third party refills kits can be purchased over the internet, but shouldn’t they be in the store beside the overpriced cartridges so the consumers can see exactly how much they’re being ripped off?
We should all drop a brick on the cartridges before turning them in and see how they feel about recycling the smashed plastic. Insert 20 cents worth of ink into that, then try to sell it back to me for 30 bucks you price-gouging toad.
I’d send them all a nasty letter if my printer would work, but I’m out of ink.